Archive for August, 2015

Saturday August 29, 2015 20:11

Hitman – August 29, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Khuda mere – Shukriya (Hindi – Shraddha Shree, featuring music by Gulraj Singh) Shraddha Shree (and Shivam Ahuja) are winners of a young stars singing contest conducted by an Insurance company and the smartest thing—insurance, if you will—that the organizers equip the kids with is by the choice of music […]

Devi Sri Prasad faithfully recreates his Telugu hit for Daddy Mummy, with the Tamil version’s lyrics. It remains absurdly catchy. Yo Yo Honey Singh’s Aankhon aankhon is right up there with Daddy Mummy for its thumpy catchiness and marginally better lyrics. Arko’s recreation of Sajid-Wajid’s original for Sonu Nigam’s Deewana, Iss qadar pyar works easily […]

Athala pithala overdoses on falsetto singing and what stays is the captivaing mandolin phrases. Its reprise is at least sung better. With a more-than-obvious nod to The Champs’ Tequila and despite a lovely smattering of surf guitar, Om hare doesn’t really realize its potential, beyond a glitzy sound. Kadala varuthu, Selfie, Shakeela and Bum attam […]

Lip to lip is a breezy faux-Punjabi number that sees Ritu Pathak in great form, ably supported by Nikhil D’Souza and some cool sax interludes. Sarfira‘s largely predictable techno sound gets better only by Neeti Mohan and Siddharth Mahadevan’s vocals, much like Sau aasoon‘s familiar pathos made listenable by Shankar’s searing singing. Jaago mohan pyaare‘s […]

Maya O Maya has a catchy, but very filmy sound. The composer in Karthik keeps it simple, with a spring-in-the-step sound, while the singer in him delivers it in his breezy style. Bangaramma too is extremely easy-on-the-ears – a sing-along’ish frothy tune that he leads once again with his vocals. It’s in Mandu mandu that […]

The title song gains from Rahul Nambiar’s full-throated singing and Mickey’s punchy 80s-style pop sound, with a particularly catchy horns layer. Starting with faux-East Asian sounds, I’m in love builds on to become a fairly standard, but foot-tapping masala duet. Aakasam is rather un-Mickey, using a stock Andhra folk rhythm, but he gets the repetitive […]

Purwaiyaa builds itself into a delightful track, with the minute-long serene intro segueing beautifully into the joyous ourburst. Shivam’s age shows in his singing, but Shraddha’s voice is mature beyond her years. That manifests even better in her first solo, Shukriya, with Gulraj’s music remaining consistently engaging. The song’s reprise is even better, with a […]

Sunday August 23, 2015 08:32

Hitman – August 22, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Bhale bhale magadivoy – Bhale bhale magadivoy (Telugu – Gopi Sundar) The phrase ‘Bhale bhale magadivoy’ goes all the way to 1978 when K.Balachander got M.S.Viswanathan to compose a song around it, for Maro Charitra. Mickey J Meyer used it in the 2010 remake of the film, and now a […]

Sittham is very, very Prashant Pillai – ambient, haunting and a simple, ethereal tune sung by Preeti Pillai. The song’s remix adds more intriguing electronica in the background, and for some reason, there’s also an awkwardly-sung Hindi version called Shiddath! Orey Oor sounds like a less euphoric song by Indipop band Euphoria, and KS Krishnan’s […]

Sunday August 16, 2015 08:04

Hitman – August 15, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Thumba poove sundari – Kunjiramayanam (Malayalam – Justin Prabhakaran) Vineeth Srinivasan is usually associated with Shaan Rahman as a composer for most of his films. But Kunjiramayanam sees Tamil composer Justin Prabhakaran make his Malayalam debut (after just 2 Tamil films – Pannaiyarum Padminiyum and Orange Mittai). Thumba poove sundari […]

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